JUDGING PLOTS - Cancelled due to Covid-19

Every year plots are inspected and awards given for the best.



This year (2020) the annual judging of plots will take place on 25th July 2020. The criteria for judging are set out below


Judging for longest runner bean and tallest sunflower grown on the site will be on 5th September 2020.


A biggest pumpkin award will also be given this year and the judging will take place on the 18th October 2020.  Please note that pumpkins will be judged on overall size, not weight.




On the Judgement Day plots are assessed using the following criteria:

  • General cleanliness / weed control [max 20 points]

  • Paths and edges [10 pts]

  • Health and vigour of plants / yield [30 pts]

  • Variety of plants [20 pts]

  • Composting and water conservation [20]

  • Bio-Diversity/intercropping [10]

  • Overall impression and layout [10 pts]

  • Items of recognition, labelling / composting / staking / bio diversity */ inter-cropping and water conservation [10 pts]


5 points will be deducted from the total if the plot holder does not display the plot's number.


Persons involved in judging are allowed to compete but are not able to judge their own plots.

The Society's Management Committee at its meeting on 19 June 2012 agreed that plotholders must not be on their plots while the judges are carrying out their inspection. Plotholders should though stand ready to answer any questions the panel may have.


* Bio-diversity is taken to mean the number of different species of plants and animals (especially native species) found in a specific area, in this case an allotment plot. A key objective of the Society is to promote bio-diversity on the allotment field. Examples of good practice that encourage bio-diversity are to grow plants that encourage a wide variety insects and animals to feed and breed and provide a variety of different habitats such as small ponds or marshy areas for insects and amphibians. Nest boxes for birds and insects are also of value.